Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daisy Goodwin is Reigning Supreme in Victoria

Thank you for St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review. 

How many of you saw Victoria on PBS? For the many who watched how many set their dvrs not to miss an episode? Today we will be reviewing the companion book Victoria by @DaisyGoodwin, which was mentioned the airing of the television episodes.


Victoria has always been under the thumb of her mother and Sir John. They brought her up in the Kensington way. When her uncle the King dies Victoria becomes his successor. She has her independence from her mother and Sir John. How will she break free? She first moves the household to Buckingham Palace. It is more central to London. Her tutor as she progresses in her reign is Lord Melbourne. He helps her navigate the rough path of her enemies. Victoria is enjoying her friend but does it come with a price? Will she marry? What changes may come as her reign progresses?

My Thoughts:

Did I love the book as much as the television show? Yes, for me it is Daisy’s best work yet. This book shows great growth as a writer. In the past I would have said that her pacing in her book is slow in the middle, but not with Victoria. I also read it while show was on the air. Daisy mentions in her thanks to the actor’s portraying the roles for helping her to write the book. I thank them as well because I could definitely visualize these characters as I read the book. The story is enticing from the beginning! Who could not identify with a teenager battling for independence from her parents?

London is a beautiful setting for the story of Victoria. I hope to visit one day. The only negative for me is that I have to wait for the next season and Daisy’s next book.  Daisy is busy working on the second season of Victoria.  She is also writing a book focusing on Victoria’s later years.

 Rating: 5/5

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